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>> and now "bbc world news." welcome to "newsday" on the bbc. >> these are the headlines -- a grim warning for greece, eurozone leaders say their latest austerity plan may not be enough to guarantee another bailout. a sixth day of lombard and -- of bombardment in syria. >> china's secret crackdown, security forces try to stifle a new wave of protests by tibetan campaigners. haul,'s record drug seizing it 15 tons of methamphetamine worth about $4 billion. >> broadcasting to viewers on pbs in america and around the world, this is "newsday."
well, again. eurozone finance ministers meet in brussels, sang more work is needed before they can give greece another 130 billion euros in bailout funds. after weeks of negotiations, greek political leaders finally accepted a new austerity plan, demanded by the european union and the international monetary fund that requires ferocious spending cuts and tens of thousands of more job losses. european ministers say they want more evidence it will be implemented. we have this report from athens. >> relief among politicians a deal is done, but on the streets, the protests have begun. thousands have turned out in the depth of winter to vent their anger at the new wave of cuts needed to qualify for much- needed bailout funds.
the unions have called a 48 hour strike. greeks are tired of punishing austerity. >> the new measures that have been agreed upon between the coalition government and the eurozone will apply to workers and society. they're demanding greek society that will reach the level of the third world country for worker'' rights. at the same time, benefits have been given to bankers and large businesses. >> good deal on the cuts was reached after days of talks and missed deadlines. they agreed on a 22% reduction of the minimum wage. it 30,000 civil servants will be laid off, and there is to be a cut in social security contributions by employers. all of this to persuade the european union and imf to release kris's bailout, which it needs within weeks to avoid defaulting on its debt. government officials say they
were aware of the pain caused by the measures. >> we know for certain there will be consequences from the public for the decisions we have taken. but on the other hand, this is the road we must absolutely walk. >> this-stricken country will now wait to hear whether the cuts are enough to secure its bailout lifeline, but the specter of bankruptcy still stalks the country and the public mood is turning ever more bleak. >> our brussels correspondent has been keeping a close watch on the details which have been emerging from the eurozone meeting. >> what became very clear if there is not a distinct lack of trust among eurozone ministers -- there is now a distinct lack of trust among eurozone ministers that greece will live up to the promises that it makes. they have looked at the details of the plan that the greek leaders have reluctantly signed
onto, and they have decided not enough had been done. the chairman of the meeting set at three more conditions which he said greece has to meet by next wednesday, when the ministers will meet again. >> the greek parliament should propose on sunday that the package -- secondly, additional reductions of 325 million euros in 2012 should be rapidly identified and insure that the deficit target is achieved. thirdly, we would need to take the strong political assurances from the leaders of the coalition parties on the implementation of the program. >> that means they will want the party leaders to offer explicit assurance they will continue to sign up to the details of the agreement after an election in
greece. it also means that the european union, the european commission in particular will try to much more robustly monitor what is going on inside, sending and technical inspectors, trying to speed up progress on things like tax evasion, privatization, promises greece has made in the past, but from the european inspectors, promises they have not kept. this is all pretty painful for the greek ministers, because they say they are doing an awful lot already. the bank of england says they have promised august $80 billion into britain's struggling economy. it is the basic example of what is known as quantitative easing. business leaders have welcomed the decision. the money is intended to encourage banks to increase their lending to businesses and stop them from slipping into recession, but also means that pension funds will receive lower
returns from investors -- investments in government bonds. in syria, its sixth successive day of shelling by government forces. >> that is right, activists say the latest attacks have killed at least 50 people. i people have pretty much despaired of getting any international help. president obama has decried what he calls the average is bloodshed, but there is still no global consensus on a response. our diplomatic correspondent has more. >> the terrifying onslaught that they are under at the moment. nowhere immune from the shells and rockets, it seems, according to this amateur footage. even this mosque. the twisted metal, rubble, and holes bear testimony to the mob arpent critic to the bombardment. the syrian government says
they're fighting armed rebels, but what about the civilians? but some victims have been buried in their own homes. these frightened children. parts of the city are virtually under siege, and outside actions blocked at the un, who is protecting them? a question for the foreign secretary. is it time to arm the opposition? >> it has never been our approach in any of these conflicts to our people. even in libya, where we were enforcing a u.n. resolution, what we provided the opposition with was body armor, medical supplies, things that would save lives. >> if there is urgency, does it not mean that this low diplomacy will not be enough? >> diplomacy is what we work with, unless you are asking us to invade to syria, which would be a vast undertaking. then, of course, the diplomatic and economic work that we're doing, sanctions with european
union, working with the arab league, that is what we're working with. this is the tool. >> according to state tv, life is getting back to normal in much of the homes, despite the gunfire that you hear in the distance. an assessment of some real contrast to the mounting abroad. the u.n. secretary-general called the u.n. failure to speak with one voice to and the blood shed disastrous. that's what i fear that the brutality that we are seeing, with the home, the heavy weapons firing its civilian neighborhoods is a grave harbinger of worse to come. such violence is unacceptable. >> on the ground, opposition fighters show no sign of giving up there on equal battle. -- their unequal battle. who knows how long the
diplomatic squeeze on the president will take to have any effect. two tibetan brothers who have been on the run since taking part in anti-government protests have reportedly been shot dead in china. there has been a wave of unrest caused by tibetan campaigners, with protesters setting themselves on fire. hundreds of tibetans took to the streets in southwest china as their protest continued a day of solidarity, calling for tibetan freedom and return from exile of the dali lama. our course but it has been to the province which borders tibet. the warning that there are images of distressing events in this report. >> it is china's latest crackdown. we were caught up in it trying to reach to that in areas. a massive mobilization of security forces. an area the size of england cordoned off. the police have been there nine
hours, trying to force us to sign a document promising that we would not attempt to enter tibetan areas again. when we refused, they threaten dust. they said within two days, arby's is would be canceled and we could be expelled from the country. what unnerved china is a new and shocking form of protest by tibetans, sacrificing themselves as they face unbearable political and religious oppression. it is a horrible sight. this is one, a 35-year-old non burning herself alive. among the many whose self am elated, this person. he recorded his reason. china, he said, should allow the dali lama, tibet's exiled spiritual leader, come home. now, just what china feared. the protests seem to be spreading. the footage smuggled out last week shows angry tibetans besieging a police station. china's response has been this,
and even harder crackdown, targeting what they call separatists intent on splitting tibet from china. to reach to that in areas, we flew higher, close to the roof of the world. china says the immolations are terrorism, but to want to keep their crackdown secret. the police warned that is not to talk to us and watch us everywhere. this is another of the police cars that have been trailing us. outside, i counted four policemen who have followed us all are around the village, one of us to has been in the taxi. we found this just now, his police i.d. badge. the taxi driver is spooked and is not want anything to do with us. then the police moved in. they seized a tibetan villager who just walked out.
they hustled him away. as we left, the police chased us, detained us again, trying to get us to hand over what we filmed. even here, high in the mountains, china is a state obsessed by security, trying to keep its repression hidden from view. but tibetan grievances seem to be growing. a court in the indian ocean has issued arrest warrants for the former president of malta. he says he was forced to resign at gunpoint this week by security forces. thousands of supporters have gathered at his home in the capital, where he has told reporters that he is worried for his safety. the english football association will meet friday to discuss a successor. he resigned wednesday. they said they are pressing for
an english or british manager. they expect to move quickly. the favorite is from scotland. inquiry into media ethics has been hearing from the formaer wife heather mills who said she did not authorize per husband to listen to her voice mails. she has accused mayor journalists of hacking into voice messages, which the paper denies. you are watching "newsday" on the bbc. still to come, south africa's bid to beat the recession, president jacob zuma's plans to build a structure and boost jobs. >> and english lottery winners rethinking their plans for the future. some of the stories making headlines around the world. in france, the european union
flag flying over athens. the paper looks at the austerity. the dubai based gulf news talks about the arab league recognizing the syrian national council as the representative of the country's people. tax breaks for hiring help, the times says the british prime minister. -- david cameron wants to copy the swedish plan for domestic cuts as a way of increasing the economy and stamping out cash in hand black market for hired help. and the mercury continues to drop, the tribune says this barge in europe and crashing through the ice. the people says the deep freeze has killed a homeless people across the continent and also spiked demand for power. this is "newsday" on the
bbc. >> these are the headlines -- eurozone finance ministers' says that greece need to make further cuts in their austerity package before the get another bailout. >> acta is in serious say at least 50 people have been killed during six successive days of bombardment by government forces -- syrian activists say at least 50 people have been killed. united states confirmed that china's highest police chief visited. they said he had a meeting and then left, but did not comment on reports that he sought asylum. we get more from the story -- on the story from our correspondent. michael, any whereabouts updated about wang lijun? >> this has all the great makings of a great spy novel.
overnight, the chinese authorities confirmed that wang lijun, the famous policemen who spearheaded a crackdown on organized crime, they have confirmed he has gone to the u.s. consulate in chongqing on monday, staying there one day. they did not give the exact time of when he left, but they suggest that he stayed overnight and did not leave until tuesday. what was he doing there, what was he talking about? it would be highly unusual if a charley -- a chinese policemen, friend or ally of the major politicians had spoken to the u.s. consulate, stayed there overnight. what was he talking about, what was he doing there? all of those questions are still
to be answered. >> quite a dramatic fall from grace for somebody who was lauded for his power at cracking down on corruption. what has been the public reaction? >> the internet chat rooms have been talking a great deal about this incident because it did not go unnoticed. on tuesday, there was a heavy chinese police presence around the u.s. consulate, and people traveling home from work noticed it. they were asking questions about what was going on. people want to know what happened. of course, this is not just an isolated case involving one police man, this could have political ramifications. this is perhaps china's most famous policemen, were linked with the famous politician, his boss, hoping to become a
later this year.er if this police man has gone to the u.s. embassy in spoken with u.s. officials, it has political ramifications as well. >> alright, we will leave it there, michael. the mexican army says they have seen that 50 -- seized 15 tons of methamphetamines. soldiers found the drug at a ranch after a tip off. it is thought to be the largest amount ever seized in mexico. the authorities also seized equipment, but no arrests were made. >> mexican soldiers stand guard over one of the largest drug hauls in the country's history. inside this ordinary looking house, mexican officials found a drug laboratory, with barrels of white and yellow powder. all of this is part of a drug stockpile, with a street value of $4 billion.
>> we found the laboratory thanks to an anonymous tip off, for which we think the population, and also through our own patrols. >> so far, there is no information on the final destination of the drugs or who may be behind them. some officials think that could be the sinaloa cartel, a powerful drug cartel. mexican drug cartels are increasingly influential players in the methamphetamine trade. a new challenge of the authorities in mexico's long and bloody drug war. ambitious development plans that have been announced in south africa? >> yes, by the country's president, jacob zuma. he has announced plans for a massive infrastructure program to create jobs in a country that has been hit hard by the global recession. zuma was speaking at the state
opening of parliament. we have this report from cape town. >> proud, with a sense of direction, this is how the new south africa wants to be viewed, 18 years after the end of white minority rule. they arrived for the state opening of parliament, knowing that this is still -- president jacob zuma, now totally comfortable with these affairs, is still a populist politician. in a country where a quarter of the adults are unemployed, he focused on job creation in his speech through infrastructure. >> massive investment in infrastructure must leave more than just power stations, dams and roads.
it must industrialize the country, generate skills, and boost must needed job creation -- much needed job creation. >> it seemed to oppress, so, too, his plans to fight corruption. president jacob zuma makes his address with half an eye on the leadership battle later this year. he is looking for a second term. his speech tried to strike a balance between appeasing his trade union allies and at the same time fighting off opponents. in some of the townships, they have turned their backs on political promises. >> this is now the township. there is no jobs for them. also, the youth don't go to school. they do not work because they
cannot find jobs. >> nine years as a foot soldier during apartheid, today he represents the underclass forgotten by his comrades. >> they don't think of the next person in the community, that lives on the streets. keeping't think about up in the struggle. >> south africa's leaders may have come a long way, but the challenge will be to carry the people with them. there is a growing tide of resentment. now two people who thought they won a giant lottery jackpot, but not totally sure. the young british couple slept through the night before calling to confirm their winning numbers, numbers which have made them multimillionaires.
>> nervous smiles from a couple that had just won a fortune after checking thethey spent a t waiting for the lottery phone line to open. that is when they knew their lives had changed forever. >> she was checking the details. she said, you have, 1, 2, 3, 4, you have the jackpot. it was shocked, because it was real fun. >> on the shopping list, a new shopping machine. she wants an aston martin, he wants to learn how to fly. first, they plan to spend on friends and family. >> just years of your life in such a comfortable place, it is so nice to be able to help them. >> the couple are getting married in september. today, the champagne was already on ice. they need advice on how to spend the money? they could get tips from another couple that won more than 40
million pounds a few weeks ago, a few miles down the road. are the odds of two winners in one county in quick succession? is this area particularly lucky? >> the chances of winning the lottery is completely independent of where you buy your ticket. it just happens in this instance it happened. >> the numbers that matter are on the check, and they are very large. in the united kingdom, a severe weather warning has been issued. icy conditions are predicted in the coming days, with parts of the country expected to have snowfall and parts of england and wales. the police warned motorists that the roads will be dangerously icy. scotland and northern ireland, the conditions will be milder with rain. the european continent is
suffering an expressively cold snap. as much as 3 meters of snow has fallen. there have been issues of road closures and avalanches and the west. and there is more on the way. the unsettled weather is set to last through the weekend. it has been very dangerous. the past few months, 82 people have been killed by extreme weather in japan. some pictures of not at net in sicily, europe's most active volcano. it is spewing a lot of overnight wednesday and thursday. officials closed the airport in the nearby city. they thought possibly that the volcanic ash might disrupt flights, but no real danger caused by mount etna, almost continuously active. you have been watching
"newsday" from the bbc. >> thank you very much, indeed. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by -- the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to understand the industry you operate in, working to nurture new ventures and help provide capital for key, strategic decisions. we offer expertise and tailored solutions in a wide range of industries.